The numerous and lengthy retrospectives on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination last week omitted a detail that is of particular interest to speechwriters, and one that should make us proud. On that terrible November 22nd, it was a speechwriter who helped to calm a distraught nation and smooth the transition of power from JFK to our new president, Lyndon Johnson.Read More
Author Archives: Hal Gordon
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is the most famous speech in American history. It is a speech that virtually all Americans have heard of, and that more than a few of us know by heart. And yet on this, its 150th anniversary, how well do we really know it?Read More »
Republicans bent on repealing Obamacare should take a hint from one of their neglected presidents, Ulysses S. Grant. Grant once declared, “I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.” Just so. Instead of trying to “defund” Obamacare, Republicans should—if not insist on its stringent execution.Read More »
Because I live in Houston, I sometimes forget that I live in Texas. Houston is liberal; the city has an openly lesbian mayor. Houston is diverse; it is a majority-minority city. Houston is multicultural; I can go to the local supermarket and see women wearing burkas and even veils.Read More »
Giuseppe Verdi, whose two-hundredth birth anniversary we celebrate this Thursday, is famous as a composer of immortal operas. Also for the bitter battles he waged with censors to get his operas performed. As often happens when an artist squares off against the censors, the artist has the last word.Read More »
Tuesday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal carried a disturbing opinion piece by Jonathan Jacobs titled, “As Education Declines, So Does Civic Culture.” Mr. Jacobs is chairman of the Department of Philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Mr. Jacobs maintains that the inability of so many college students today to think clearly and to construct logical arguments will not only dim their chances for success in the future…Read More »
In 1938, Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas expropriated and nationalized the largely foreign-owned petroleum industry in Mexico. Since that time, Mexico has maintained one of the most restrictive legal frameworks for energy development in the world. The Mexican constitution virtually excludes participation by foreign energy firms, with the result that Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the national oil company, has a monopoly on the exploration and production of oil and gas.Read More »
Because I’m sentimental about royalty, I’m inclined to feel sorry for Prince Charles. He’s been waiting to become king longer than any other heir apparent in British history—longer even than his great-great grandfather Edward VII had to wait to succeed his mother, Queen Victoria, who finally died in 1901 at the age of 82 after a record reign of 64 years.
Queen Elizabeth II seems likely to surpass Victoria, having reigned for 61 years already. Yes, she’s 87, but she is reportedly in “robust” health and her own mother lived to be 102.
So Charles has to wait. And wait. And wait.Read More »